Monday, January 27, 2014

En Plein Air






Late last year, some members of the Thursday night Life Drawing group and I discussed heading outdoors for a spot of landscape painting. It's a new experience for me and I am determined not to let my earlier frustrations with the landscape deter me. Val, the group convener has a property in the Gold Coast hinterland and offered to host us. So Ryan, Adolphi and I made the drive south.
Full of scones and tea, we headed out on the walking track, picked a spot and got to work. I'm not sure what I though I might achieve before we set out but it probably wasn't what I ended up with. Still, I am not displeased with my work and I think I'll give it another go soon. Plus the long drive allowed for plenty of opportunity to chat about art, artists and all sorts of other stuff.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Slow Grind



There's been a whole load of NO ART going on for weeks and weeks now. This painting has been staring at me for ages. Going nowhere and nowhere to go. Not sure what I want to do with it and not sure if I like it anyway and not sure why i'm doing it in the first place.I'm just kind of going through the motions a bit, hoping to push through the fog.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Clear Resin Glitter Bombs



Casting new clear resin Buddha Bombs with glitter. I just gotta find some yellow and orange, then I'll have the full rainbow. There's a lot of sanding and polishing work left to do.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014



Welcome 2014. I finished this painting this morning and I'm pretty happy about it. The colour and tone feels good. The likeness is good. All up it's pretty good.
I've been beating myself up a lot lately, making life difficult for myself. I started this painting a few weeks ago. it was much different. In fact, it's not really the same painting at all. So I painted it over and started again. Like my previous post, this portrait started as a pencil and charcoal sketch from a photo. I know it's different to working from life (so everyone tells me) but I try not to fuss over the drawing too much and complete it in a period of time that would not be difficult for a real life sitter. I've been threatening myself with a real sitter. But I worry I'll force one of my friends sit for an hour and then not do a good job. So I'm practicing with photo's.

I transferred the drawing to a wood board 60cm square and started painting. And finished in a couple of short sessions. And that's what I like best. It's not laboured over. It's all brush strokes. If I can make a good sketch, just maybe I can make a good painting.